Corporal Joseph Paul Bertrand

Corporal Joseph Paul Bertrand

Florida Highway Patrol, Florida

End of Watch Friday, December 22, 1967

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Joseph Paul Bertrand

Corporal Bertrand was shot and killed on State Road 80 near Ft. Myers when he stopped a driver he suspected was under the influence. The suspect was captured in a nearby wooded area.

The suspect was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to death May 17, 1968. His conviction and sentence were later reduced to second degree murder with a life sentence. He died in prison on May 12, 2000.

Trooper Bertrand had served with the Florida Highway Patrol for 16 years.


  • Age 46
  • Tour 16 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Died in prison

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On Behalf of my Boy Scout Troop 737, in Walnut, California, I send my hearts to the FHP and the friends, family, and fellow troopers of FHP Corporal Joseph Paul Bertrand.

William Jin
Boy Scout in Troop 737, Walnut CA and Future LAPD/CHP Officer

May 28, 2020

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